Chris Elliott is a writer and musician from the New Hampshire seacoast area, currently living in Los Angeles. He is employed as a marketing and advertising copywriter for the world’s largest musical instrument retailer, his specialty being band and orchestral instruments as well as professional audio equipment pertaining to live sound and recording. He is also an experienced trumpet player and a part-time professional stand-up comedian.
While on the seacoast, he was an avid participant in several spoken word communities including the Beat Night series as well as the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program. He was selected as Favorite Poet in the Portsmouth Herald’s Seacoast Arts Awards in 2000, and his short stories have appeared in various literary magazines. He was keynote speaker at the regional gathering of the New Hampshire Mensa Society in 2002, and from 2004 through 2008 he had an often acerbic and always funny weekly opinion column under the auspices of the Portsmouth Herald. He co-wrote the popular stage play “All He Had to Do Was Move the Car” with Mickey Blanchette, which was produced for a three week run at The Player’s Ring in Portsmouth, and appeared in Michael Kimball’s “Hideaway” as a supporting actor.
His chronicles of his weeklong engagement as a trumpet player in the Green Zone in Baghdad in 2007 entitled “Trumpeter’s Week in a War Zone” ran as a centerpiece in the Sunday Boston Globe, and was among boston.com’s most heavily visited article series that year. He maintains a YouTube presence under the brand of HumorGazette with seacoast humorist John Breneman, the flagship of which is the notorious “Drill Sergeant Loses It” comedy video, which is nearing 500,000 views. Elliott holds a BA in English from Yale University.
His trumpet credits include State Street Rhythm & Blues, Tongue & Groove, Leftist Marching Band, Old School Trio, The Substance and countless sessions as a sideman on numerous CDs and stages in the seacoast area.